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ASEAN gives Beijing pass on S. China Sea dispute citing 'improving cooperation'

ASEAN gives Beijing pass on S. China Sea dispute citing 'improving cooperation'

It also did not carry wording from previous ASEAN statements calling for a "respect for legal and diplomatic processes" in resolving the dispute. In keeping with Duterte's position, a chairman's statement due to be released after the summit ended would ignore a UN-backed tribunal's ruling a year ago rejecting China's sweeping claims, according to a draft obtained by AFP. Read More

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Warren Buffett Isn't Retiring, But Some Of His Lieutenants Are

Asked whether Berkshire's decentralized structure could lead to a similar scandal, Buffett said Berkshire welcomes being alerted to misbehavior via an internal "hotline" that gets 4,000 calls a year. "I don't know that much about cyber, but I do think that's the number one problem with mankind", said Buffett at the meeting. "Nobody should be roadkill", Buffett said on Saturday at the annual meeting of his Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska. Read More

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Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Even if the government prevails in the 4th Circuit, enforcement of the order will still be enjoined by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's order, which found the directive could violate the First Amendment's establishment clause. Wheeler said. "I think a lot depends on how the judges view the case", Tobias told the Associated Press . Thanks to the 331 federal judgeship appointments made by Mr. Read More

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Army kills 50 Afghan forces in border fight

Army kills 50 Afghan forces in border fight

Separately, an Afghan truck driver died after a rocket fired from across the border on Friday hit him in Nangarhar province, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Islamabad officials said more than 100 troops were injured in the cross-border attack in Balochistan's Chaman area. It was agreed upon that the rightful determination of border limits will be ensured by the geological experts of both countries with the help of maps and Google Earth. Read More

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U.S. House Passes Healthcare Bill in Big Win for Trump

But their celebration might be short-lived because it's now the Senate's turn to craft its version of revisions to the controversial law formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The status quo right now is people losing their health insurance and being thrown into exchanges that may or may not have any private insurers participating. Read More

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Loretta Lynn Hospitalized In Nashville After Stroke

According to a post on her Facebook page , Lynn is now under medical care and is responsive. She's a strong woman and I know she'll come out of this. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer recently celebrated her 85th birthday in April 2017 with two sold-out shows at the Ryman auditorium. Lynn has a new record, Wouldn't It Be Great , slated for an August release. Read More

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Trump, speaking at Holocaust memorial: 'We'll never be silent'

There he denounced anti-Semitic attacks saying: "It has been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction". "Despite your great pain, you believe famously that for the dead and the living we must bear witness. We remember the hatred and evil that sought to extinguish human life, dignity, and freedom", the United States president said. Read More

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Bottas wins first ever F1 race

The result has catapulted the Finn back into championship consideration and raised questions as to how the pair would get on if they are both fighting for the title. "It's great we are ahead of the Ferraris", the Briton said. "But to actually get that confirmation, get that result - because results are what matters in this world, how much you can collect points, how many races you can win, how many times you can be on the podium - that's the name of the game". Read More

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James Milner denied as Liverpool thwarted by stubborn Southampton

A disappointed Jurgen Klopp said the " really dry" Anfield pitch was partially to blame for Liverpool's drab 0-0 home draw with Southampton that damaged their Champions League ambitions. Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge were sent on after this penalty miss but they couldn't help the reds collect more than a point which hands an advantage back to Man Utd in the race for fourth. Read More

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Kim Hak-song: North Korea detains fourth U.S. citizen amid nuclear tensions

Kim Sang-duck, a lecturer who taught at Pyongyang University and was detained in April for allegedly attempting to "overturn" the government. It is unclear if the two cases are connected. He was detained as he was leaving North Korea with his tour group. Pyongyang last week accused the CIA and the South's intelligence services of conspiring to assassinate Kim Jong-Un using a biochemical weapon. Read More

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Germans in far north vote in test for Merkel rivals

Germans in far north vote in test for Merkel rivals

National surveys now put Merkel's Christian Democrat-led bloc ahead by as many as 8 percentage points. Another public broadcaster ARD gave the CDU 33% and the SPD 26%. With polls in North Rhine-Westphalia showing the CDU and SPD running neck and neck, pressure on the Social Democrats to avoid another defeat will grow. Read More

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Theresa May's party secures big gains in local elections

Theresa May's party secures big gains in local elections

There is no doubt that the tally of votes yesterday told a story of a buoyant Tory party surging far ahead of its rivals. Former UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy admitted that the elections had been "very challenging" for her party. Former head of the retail chain John Lewis, Andy Street, became the regional leader of the West Midlands, narrowly seeing off former Labour MP Sion Simon. Read More

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Carrera won't know until Monday if homer was inside-the-park

Carrera won't know until Monday if homer was inside-the-park

Stanton hit a three-run homer off the facade in the second deck in left field in the first inning and hit the windows on the suites in left field with a solo shot in the third. Faced with these injuries and poor performances by spot starters like Mat Latos, Toronto appears to be turning to the bullpen for rotation help. The Jays offense logged nine hits and walked three times with the long ball carrying the day. Read More

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Hamas, Which The US Considers A Terror Group, Elects A New Leader

Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders were scheduled to leave for Qatar to participate in the vote, but the closure of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt prevented them from travelling. "Haniyeh's new position could require him to go on tours outside Gaza ", he said. It rejected, however, ever recognizing Israel. He was the private secretary of Hamas' founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin. Read More

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North Korea Accuses CIA of Biochemical Plot to Assassinate Kim Jong

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for weeks, with North Korea poised for a potential sixth nuclear test or a test-launch of another ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. "I think the pretext of attacking North Korea is simply an excuse to build up USA military capabilities for a nuclear attack". North Korea does not have a monopoly on demonstrating aggressive behavior in the conflict, however. Read More

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Are pregnancy, rape pre-existing conditions?

But in some circumstances, they could be charged higher premiums, especially for things that mainly women have to deal with. The ultimate impact on those with pre-existing conditions remains unknown. The version would slash numerous Obamacare taxes and subsidies, and cut funding to Medicaid - likely to be a point of contention for House Democrats. Read More

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Israeli police: Palestinian attacker shot dead in Jerusalem

Many Western countries classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its failure to renounce violence, recognize Israel's right to exist and accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements. During the strike, Israeli settlers, including members of the National Union Party set up barbecues outside the Ofer jails within close proximity to the prisoners to taunt strikers. Read More

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Russia: US Welcomed Syria De-Escalation Zones Deal, Has All Information on Memorandum

The reality, however, is that the zones are now being used in service of a ceasefire the USA never really supported to begin with, and with the US-backed rebels also objecting about the ceasefire getting in the way of their war, the U.S. The Astana talks were meant to shore up an oft-violated ceasefire originally agreed in December. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres "is encouraged by the agreement", UN spokesman Stephanie Dujarric reported. Read More

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Trump: 'normalized' but still scary

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Trump: 'normalized' but still scary

Hong has claimed that he would order the first executions in the country in almost two decades, triggering angry responses from many South Koreans with his view on social issues by announcing a crackdown on homosexuality. The country famed for its technological exports faces growing youth unemployment, high rates of household debt and fear of poverty among the elderly, as well as escalating tensions with its neighbour North Korea over the latter's nuclear weapons programme. Read More

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Democrats see a winning issue in opposing GOP health bill

US President Donald Trump says Obamacare is "essentially dead" after the House of Representatives passes a Republican healthcare bill. The Senate's healthcare working group includes the Republican leadership, several committee chairmen and a combination of conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas and more moderate Republicans from politically important swing states such as Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania . Read More

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Spokesman: Iraqi forces launch new push in Mosul's west

Spokesman: Iraqi forces launch new push in Mosul's west

Calling the USA forces in the country advisers also helps Abadi get around the rule requiring parliamentary approval for foreign combat troops to operate in the country, the Christian Science Monitor points out . Iraqi forces are backed by a US -led coalition which is carrying out airstrikes and advising them on the ground. The talks over a longer-term United States presence has greatly concerned Iran, which in turn is increasing support to some of Iraq's Shia militia forces, said Jafar ... Read More

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North Korea's missiles will get better

A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. Separately, Trump's national security adviser, Army Lt. It says that unless Washington ends its "hostile policy" and nuclear threats, North Korea "will continue to bolster its military capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive nuclear attack" despite "manifold difficulties". Read More

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Bernie Sanders Laughs at Trump's Comment to Australian PM

It was simple chit-chat, pleasantries spoken from one world leader to another when Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday night that "you have better healthcare than we do". "Let us move to a medicare for all system that does what every other major country does". You didn't really hang up?' "Thank goodness, it's true we had a very nice phone call". Read More

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Lalu-Shahabuddin tape: 'Saddening day of democracy' in Bihar, says BJP

Lalu-Shahabuddin tape: 'Saddening day of democracy' in Bihar, says BJP

Although Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose Janata Dal (United) is in an alliance with the RJD in the state, and Yadav have not responded to the TV report yet, the news drew immediate political reactions. Lalu while addressing party workers at Rajgir in Nalanda district said the RSS and BJP leaders did not love "gaumata" (mother cow). It may be recalled that Shahabuddin was shifted from Siwan Jail to the Bhagalpur Jail a year ago in May. Read More

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Princess Charlotte new photo just released

A statement from Kensington Palace read: 'The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do'. The palace said it was taken in April at the family's country retreat, Amner Hall, in Norfolk, where they live mostly full time now. The pair made headlines a fortnight ago when they joined Prince Harry to candidly discuss the impact of Princess Diana's death on her young sons. Read More

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Macron campaign hit by 'significant' data leak hours before French poll

Macron campaign hit by 'significant' data leak hours before French poll

His startup political movement - optimistically named, "En Marche!", or "Forward!" - caught fire in just one year, harnessing voters' hunger for new faces and new ideas and steering France into unchartered political territory. As well as capitalizing on voter rejection of the left-right monopoly on power, Macron also got lucky. The Socialist Party of Francois Hollande, who won the presidency five years ago, suffered a stunning collapse in the first round this year. Read More

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Ivanka responds to German newspaper labeling her Trump's 'accomplice'

According to a senior administration official, Trump recently pitched the idea to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who then discussed it with other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish ... there was no difference for me and my brothers and I think as a business leader you saw that and as a president you'll absolutely see that", she said. Read More

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May Day rallies provide latest battleground in French presidential campaign

Aides of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Tuesday brushed off criticism of her use of phrases lifted straight from a speech by conservative rival Francois Fillon in her May Day address to supporters. According to Professor Durpaire, the results could shock many in France and across the world despite Macron now leading in the polls. Actress Celine Sallette said: "We need to defend the arts that make us feel uncomfortable, elevate us, move us or make us think, ... Read More

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